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Crossing the Channel

Crossing the Channel

The first stage of the Route goes from Canterbury to Brussels. Starting in the cathedral city of Canterbury the route makes its way to the coast and the port of Dover along pleasant rural lanes through the Kentish countryside.Local attractions along the way include medieval Dover Castle, Samphire Hoe nature reserve and the famous Canterbury Cathedral which was founded in 597 AD and forms a World Heritage Site along with the Anglo-Saxon St Martin’s Church and the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey.

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The low Countries

The low Countries

In the second stage you will cycle from Brussels to Strasbourg. Brussels as the Capital of Europe is a unique destination. The Grand-Place is described by UNESCO as being 'an outstanding example of the eclectic and highly successful blending of architectural and artistic styles that characterizes the culture and society of this region'. The famous architect Victor Horta and his contemporaries left Brussels some beautiful houses. Brussels had a lot of parks, museums, cultural and gastronomic activities to offer.

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Alsace Vineyards

Alsace Vineyards

The third stage leads cyclists from Strasbourg to Basel. The EuroVelo 5 leaves Strasbourg to go south along a cycle track laid out along the river Ill, which flows through the Alsatian capital. The trail then follows the Bruche canal, which was built by Vauban to transport the red sandstone of the Vosges for the construction of the fortifications of Strasbourg. It comes out at Molsheim on the Alsatian Wine Road cycle trail.

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Crossing the Alps

Crossing the Alps

The fourth stage will lead you from Basel to Bellinzona. From the cosmopolitan city of Basel to the idyllic town of Bellinzona you will have to cycle along some hilly terrain, breathtaking natural beauty and diverse Swiss landscapes. This stage will lead you through the scenic Swiss regions of the Mittelland, Jura, Central Switzerland and over the Alps.

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Lakes and Canals

Lakes and Canals

This stage of the route leads the cyclist from Bellinzona to Milan.The last stretch of the Swiss national route n.3 (North-South) runs along the beautiful lake of Lugano, crossing the charming village of Morcote.

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Po River Plain

Po River Plain

This stage goes from Milan to Fidenza and Parma. Stage 6 is the flattest of the Italian EV5 route, crossing the large and smooth Po river valley between the metropolitan area of Milan and the foothills of the Apennines in the Parma province, going through charming art cities that offer the visitors a rich medieval and Renaissance heritage to discover.

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Apennines to the Sea

Apennines to the Sea

(From Fidenza and Parma to Pietrasanta) Along very quiet secondary roads, this stage will take you through the hills of Parma province and a very green landscape while having the opportunity to visit significant art towns like Parma or Fidenza and its impressive Romanesque-style Cathedral, whose façade is a sculpted celebration of pilgrimage.

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Hills of Tuscany

Hills of Tuscany

The stage starts in Pietrasanta and ends in Viterbo. This stage is very popular by pilgrims as it crosses the beautiful Italian regions of Tuscany and Lazio, combining nature, art and history, and the effort of riding in a hilly territory will be rewarded

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Rome and Latium Hills

Rome and Latium Hills

Stage 9 goes from Viterbo to Cassino. The Latium countryside will be a surprise with its extended network of secondary roads, surrounded by olive trees, vegetable gardens and vines, or even carved into tuff rock since Etruscan times.

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Southern Apennines

Southern Apennines

The tenth stage goes from Cassino to Benevento. This stage opens with a train connection to reach the quietness of Southern Latium countryside and will touch charming towns like Palestrina, ancient Preneste, dominated by the Temple of Fortune, and Fiuggi, whose termal waters became famous in the Middle Ages after pope Bonifacio VIII started to drink it.

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Along the Roman Via Appia

Along the Roman Via Appia

The final stage of EuroVelo 5 is 378 km long; it runs mainly on low traffic roads and country lanes, except for very short portions on cycle lanes or paths. It starts in Benevento, which is located in Campania region, and after 56 km it crosses the border to Puglia region; on its way to Brindisi the route enters twice in the northern area of region Basilicata for a total mileage of 108 km. In Puglia and Basilicata the itinerary follows long stretches of the Via Appia Antica, called Regina Viarum (Queen of the roads), one of the most important of the roads built by the Romans, because it connected Rome to the main port to the East, which at the time was Brindisi. The Via Appia was in fact used during the following centuries as a pilgrim’s route, efficiently connecting Rome to the main port to Jerusalem.

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